Washington can be a paradox for foreign diplomats. Only a few embassies are intrinsically relevant; others have to make themselves relevant. And this can be a daunting task.
Japan Needs a Hate Speech Law
Even though the Japanese Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling against a group of Zaitokukai activists who were inciting racial hatred, when compared to most other liberal democracies, Japan lacks a well-established law that can be used to punish aggressive racist speech targeting vulnerable members of society. Japan needs a new law now.
Resource-Rich Countries Hit Again as Gas Rents Drop
Recent discussions about the impact of falling energy prices on oil-producing states overlook the significant effects that these falling prices will also have on natural gas-rich nations. Countries such as Qatar, Russia, and Algeria will be forced to contend with major economic and political challenges, particularly given the emerging era in gas markets.
Confronting Violent Religious Extremism
Violent religious extremism will be one of the greatest challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century. United States must update its current security-based counterterrorism approach with a strategy that promotes religious freedom and pluralism in order to counter the narratives of religiously motivated terrorist organizations.
Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available
The editorial staff of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to bring you our latest issue, Summer Volume 38:2. The Summer 2014 volume is the first edition of The Fletcher Forum with all-female authorship, and is meant to highlight and celebrate women who have risen to important roles in the international community.